Residents in and around Kirkland, Washington, who suffer from TMJ disorder or jaw pain can find the relief they need with Dr. Ann Kelley at Kingsgate Dental. In most cases, people with TMJ disorder suffer because of bruxism, the clinical name for teeth clenching or grinding that often causes TMJ disorder.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the mandible (lower jaw bone) to the skull. This joint is located in front of a person’s ears and allows the jaw to open and close when speaking, chewing, or yawning. People with TMJ disorder experience pain with actions like eating or speaking.
If you have TMJ disorder, your TMJ joint is having trouble doing its job, and this ends up causing pain and other symptoms. TMJ disorder symptoms can include:
Several issues can cause TMJ disorder, including:
Out of all these possible causes of TMJ disorder, the most common is bruxism.
Bruxism can be treated with an oral appliance called a night guard. These guards look similar to the mouthguards athletes use when playing sports but are thinner and more comfortable.
The night guard is worn over the teeth while sleeping, dramatically reducing the force placed on the gums, teeth, and jaw if you tend to clench or grind your teeth in your sleep.
TMJ night guards are made with high-quality materials and are the perfect thickness to fit from the front to the back of your mouth, so you get the correct distribution of protection.
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